SACRAMENTO (AP) - The leader of the state Senate on Wednesday backed Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to send thousands of inmates to private prisons rather than free them early to comply with federal court orders to reduce prison crowding.
FRESNO (AP) - Fruit flies that are highly destructive to crops are now permanently established in California and spreading, according to a new study published on Wednesday.
LAKESIDE (AP) - A man suspected of abducting a 16-year-old girl told her he had a crush on her and would date her if they were the same age, a friend of the girl said Wednesday as police searched for the man who is also wanted in the death of the girl's mother and possibly her 8-year-old brother.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (AP) - Lake Tahoe experienced an "amazing" rebound in clarity in 2012 to mark a second straight year of improvement, although scientists say studies of long-term trends show climate change continues to take a toll on the waters.
TRACY . (AP) - A Northern California elementary school teacher is facing charges that he molested 12 children.
TRUCKEE POLICE TURN TO FACEBOOK TO NAME FIRST K-9: TRUCKEE (AP) - The Truckee Police Department is turning to Facebook to name is first-ever police K-9.
SAN FRANCSICO (AP) - Eight of California's largest school districts can ignore parts of the No Child Left Behind education law, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Tuesday in announcing the first district-by-district waivers he had long tried to avoid.
STOCKTON (AP) - California's controller blasted the city of Stockton in a series of audits, saying a poor accounting system and several bad decisions led to it becoming the largest U.S. city at the time to ever declare bankruptcy.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Two Republican lawmakers from the Central Valley want the state auditor to review the California High-Speed Rail Authority's moves to buy up land for the $68 billion project.
REDDING (AP) - A Northern California man is accused of stabbing his father with a pair of scissors before using a power saw to cut off his own hands.
SF MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING HARDWARE CLERK: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Daymond Agnew told investigators that his Sunday began when he heard a voice from Allah telling him to go to a California hardware store to help people.
UC RIVERSIDE STUDENT FACES MURDER PLOT TRIAL: RIVERSIDE (AP) - A University of California, Riverside student has been ordered to stand trial on charges that she plotted to have two ex-boyfriends killed.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego County sheriff's officials say the bodies of a woman and child have been found inside a burned house, and a man is suspected of killing the woman and abducting one or both of her children.
UC DAVIS ADDS HIGHLY PAID OFFICIAL TO BOOST IMAGE: SACRAMENTO AP) - The University of California, Davis, has added a position of associate chancellor for strategic communications at a $260,000 annual salary as part of a plan to improve the university's image.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - California officials say they will seek to move thousands of inmates to private prisons in a last-ditch attempt to avoid releasing violent offenders to ease prison crowding.
DISCOVERY BAY (AP) - A newspaper says a Northern California teenager has confessed to stabbing to death a 9-year-old boy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bumble Bee Foods and two employees were charged Monday by Los Angeles prosecutors with violating safety regulations in the death of a worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jayne Meadows, the Emmy-nominated actress and TV personality who often teamed with her husband, Steve Allen, has died. She was 95.
TRUCKEE (AP) - At least 30 fish have been removed from in the area of Lake Tahoe beneath Fanny Bridge as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife combats low oxygen levels caused by the drought.
CRITICS TAKE AIM AT NESTLE BOTTLED WATER PLANT IN SACRAMENTO: SACRAMENTO (AP) - A plant that bottles Sacramento municipal water and sells it at a profit has been the target of criticism during the California drought.
YOSEMITE NAIONAL PARK (AP) - A brief spring storm delivered a welcome batch of rain to Northern California on Saturday as well as an unexpectedly hearty supply of snow that closed roads in Yosemite National Park and made tire chains a requirement in the mountain passes around Lake Tahoe.
FRESNO (AP) - A multi-billion dollar project to bring salmon back to a dried-up section of California's second-longest river is moving forward despite the state's historic drought and complaints from some farmers who reluctantly agreed to give up some of their water allotments to support the effort.
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - After a 1 ½ year effort, conservators have restored a popular hiking spot in Joshua Tree National Park that became riddled with graffiti.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tom Del Beccaro, a former chairman of the California Republican Party, announced Sunday that he's undertaking a longshot bid to succeed Barbara Boxer as California's next U.S. senator.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE OFFICIALS SEEK HELP IN ADDRESSING DRONES: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The agency that manages the Golden Gate Bridge is asking Sen. Dianne Feinstein for help in restricting the rising number of remote-controlled drones that have been buzzing the famous span.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court voted not to reconsider a ruling requiring mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for a particular sex crime.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Property owners near South Mission Beach are pushing back against a 30-foot-tall lifeguard tower that's been planned for more than a decade.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials agreed Friday to pay $725,000 to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former Police Department lawyer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Neighborhood council members are asking elected officials to bring topless sunbathing back to Venice Beach.
TATER TOTS, COMFY COUCH WAYLAY PETAMULA BURGLAR: PETALUMA (AP) - Police say a would-be burglar got sidetracked by snacks and a comfy place to snooze, heating up some tater tots and taking a nap on the sofa of the house he broke into.